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Charlotte Watts elected to Fellowship of Academy of Medical Sciences

Professor Charlotte Watts has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, in recognition of her excellence in medical research. Prof Charlotte Watts This year, 48 new Fellows were elected for their contribution to the advancement of medical science. Prof Watts follows Prof Eleanor Riley, who was elected into the Fellowship this time last year. Professor Sir John Tooke PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences said: “The Academy of Medical Sciences champions the excellence and diversity of medical science in the UK, and this is clearly demonstrated in this year’s cohort of new Fellows. Their election is a much deserved honour, and I know they will contribute greatly to the Academy. I am delighted to welcome them all to the Fellowship, and look forward to working with them in the future.” Read more

AIDS Between Science and Politics

AIDS Between Science and Politics coverThe School’s Director, Prof Peter Piot charts the social, political and human history of the AIDS epidemic in his newly released book, AIDS Between Science and Politics, which also looks at the ongoing challenges in tackling the disease. Prof Piot, who was the founding executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), recounts his experience as a clinician, scientist, and activist tackling the disease from its onset in the early 1980s to today. The AIDS pandemic was not only disruptive to the health of millions worldwide, but also fractured international relations, global access to new technologies, and public health policies in nations across the globe. As he struggled to get ahead of the disease, Prof Piot found science does little good when it operates independently of politics and economics, and politics is worthless if it rejects scientific evidence and respect for human rights. Read more

The key to finding and supporting children with disabilities

Cover of 'Using the Key Informant Method: A Working Guide'A new tool to help identify children with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries and ensure they get the support they need has been published. The free resource from researchers at the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine provides an evidence-based guide and materials to identify children in an affordable and reliable way using community volunteers. Read more

Domestic violence deters contraception

Condoms-300 Women who are abused by their partner or ex-partner are much less likely to use contraception, exposing them to sexually transmitted diseases and leading to more frequent unplanned pregnancies and abortions, according to a study published in PLOS ONE. Read more

Image: Anne Mills lights the holy lamp at the launch of the CCCC in India. Credit: PHFI

First of its kind Centre for Control of Chronic Conditions launched in India

A new international partnership has launched in India to tackle the growing health crisis of chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and mental illness. The Centre for Control of Chronic Conditions (CCCC) is a partnership between four leading institutions: the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences New Delhi, Emory University, and the Public Health Foundation of India. The School’s Professor Vikram Patel is one of the Centre’s Directors. Read more

Image: Ebola virus. Credit: CDC

Independent panel on the global response to Ebola

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Harvard Global Health Institute have convened an Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola. The Panel is holding its inaugural meeting in Boston this weekend. It will analyse the major weaknesses in the global health system exposed by the Ebola outbreak, and offer workable recommendations for medium-to-long-term institutional changes required to address them. Read more

Image: Scanning electron micrograph of Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria, which cause TB. Credit: Flicker/NIAID.

How can we reach, treat and cure everyone with TB?

Progress against tuberculosis (TB) is being threatened by drug resistance and all patients with the disease should be tested to find out which treatments they respond to, according to a publication in the BMJ. As World TB Day approaches with this year’s theme of “reaching, treating and curing everyone”, David Moore, Professor of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and co-authors James Millard and Cesar Ugarte-Gil set out current challenges in the diagnosis, treatment and control of multidrug resistant tuberculosis globally. Read more

Two Syrian women wait to collect a prescription at a health clinic in Bekaa Valley Lebanon - credit Flickr/Russell Watkins/Department for International Development

Responding to non-communicable diseases in the Syrian health crisis

As the health situation of internally displaced people and refugees in Syria continues to deteriorate, experts in humanitarian crises and conflict from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine are calling for urgent action on the issue of non-communicable diseases. Writing in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine with colleagues from the Syrian American Medical Society in the US and the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, Dr Karl Blanchet and Dr Adam Coutts from the School say that while much focus has been on disorders such as leishmaniasis and poliomyelitis, many less visible and untreated non-communicable disorders – such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and mental health issues – are also highly prevalent in Syria and have caused the deaths and disability of thousands. Read more

Prof Martin MvKee is awarded the 2015 Donabedian International Award

Martin McKee receives healthcare excellence award

Martin McKee, Professor of European Public Health at the School, has been presented with the 2015 Donabedian International Award for his contribution to healthcare excellence at a ceremony in the Palau de la Música de Barcelona. Read more